UN calls for disbanding of Hizbullah

Report also favors clear demarcation of Syria-Lebanon border.

By NATHAN GUTTMAN
April 20, 2006 02:40
1 minute read.
UN calls for disbanding of Hizbullah

hizbullah 88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

A new UN report calls for the disbanding of Hizbullah and for setting clear borders between Lebanon and Syria. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in the report, compiled by envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, that it was now time for Syria to hold a dialogue with Lebanon over exchanging embassies and marking the border between the two countries. The report, which was prepared as a follow-up to Security Council Resolution 1559, which called for Syrian forces to leave Lebanon, tries to make Syria play a positive role in building the new Lebanon and at the same time urges the Lebanese government to dismantle Hizbullah. In the report, Annan addresses the dispute over the Shaba Farms area on the Golan Heights, which Hizbullah says is Lebanese land occupied by Israel. The group has made this small strip of land their primary justification for continuing attacks on Israel since the IDF withdrew from southern Lebanon in 2000. The UN report accepts the Israeli claim that the Shaba Farms were taken from Syria and are therefore an Israeli-Syrian issue, not an Israeli-Lebanese one. "Its current status as Israeli-occupied Syrian territory, does, however, remain valid unless and until the governments of Lebanon and Syria take steps under international law to alter that status," Annan said in the report, first obtained by the Reuters news agency. The report stresses the need for Syria and Lebanon to demarcate their 250-km. long border and to establish normal diplomatic relations. It also discusses the extensive Syrian involvement in Lebanese politics. Roed-Larsen wrote that 11 members of the Lebanese parliament told him Syria had threatened them to get them to vote for pro-Syrian president Emil Lahoud for a third term. The US does not see Lahoud as a legitimate leader and is channeling its relations with Beirut through Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who visited the White House on Tuesday. President George W. Bush told Siniora the US "supports a free and independent and sovereign Lebanon."

Related Content

Tamir Naaman-Pery, an 18-year-old cellist from the Kamon moshav, in Young Musicians Eurovision 2018
August 19, 2018
Israel takes a shot at another Eurovision title

By AMY SPIRO